She has been kept 674 days by jihadists of Boko Haram.
The 16-year old was abducted, along with 109 others, by the Boko Haram faction ISIS-WA. The students were attending class at the Government Girls Science and Technical School in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria. Five of the girls died in the abduction. 105 were taken, including Leah.
In March, the abductors returned 104 abductees. The only remaining student abducted by ISIS-WA from the 2018 Dapchi school kidnapping who has not been released. The terrorists held her back because she wouldn’t renounce her Christian faith to adopt Islam.
Persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA, which has worked closely with Sharibu’s family since her abduction, cautioned against buying into reports of her death. But it urged Nigeria’s government to immediately launch an investigation into the reports.
In an interview with Crux, Edward Clancy, Director of Outreach for Aid to the Church in Need USA described Leah as “a living martyr” and explains the problems that Christians are facing daily in Africa:
Christianity is under constant attack in Africa. Other than Nigeria, the countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo have all witnessed violent attacks against Christian faithful. There is a concerted effort by groups in the Persian Gulf states to export and finance radical Islamism. Similar to the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, roads are financed, and mosques are built where there are no Muslims. Then radical imams feed off of local poverty and lack of education to radicalize youth and young men.